A new coalition of tech and telecom firms is calling for open-standards 5G wireless systems which don’t rely on a single supplier (AFP Photo/Justin TALLIS)More

Washington (AFP) – More than 30 technology and telecom firms unveiled an alliance Tuesday to press for “open and interoperable” 5G wireless systems that eliminate the need for a single supplier.

The move comes amid heightened global debate over politically sensitive deployment of the ultrafast fifth-generation networks in a market led by Chinese-based Huawei, along with European-based Nokia and Ericsson.

The new Open RAN Policy Coalition said an open-standards system with competitive bidding for various components in a “radio access network” would avoid depending on any single technology supplier.

The alliance of 31 firms is “letting (wireless) providers know there are options”

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